Terror struck at the heart of Manchester last night, with a suicide attack at the Manchester Arena, taking the lives of 22 innocent people and injuring many others, including young people and children. This is an appalling and criminal incident that has no justification whatsoever. The British Muslim Forum strongly and vehemently condemns this act of cowardice and terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.
BMF Spokesperson, Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE, said: “The victims of the horrific attack on Manchester Arena are very much in our thoughts and prayers. This was an attack on all of us. We absolutely condemn the barbaric acts of an individual determined to spread hate and prejudice across the world.
“The senseless murder of innocents is utterly deplorable. With each mass murder, the terrorists deliberately seek to foster hatred and suspicion. They hope our societies restrict the very values and freedoms that define our democracy. Through their vile actions, the terrorists have yet again shown no regard for any religion or humanity.
“The amazing response of the emergency services, and ordinary citizens from taxi drivers to passers-by, has shown how resilient Manchester is as a city.
“I hope that people of all faiths and none will continue to stand together against these attackers and what they represent. We must not let them win by creating the divisions they so desperately seek to sow. We have much #MoreInCommon than that which divides us.”